Drop off your drugs safely and help combat the epidemic of opioid abuse
The BC Pharmacy Association is encouraging residents to safely dispose of their medications to ensure they don't get into the wrong hands or pollute the environment.
SLRD residents can return unused or expired medications to community pharmacies at any time of the year at no charge. This Saturday, May 21 also marks National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day, a Canada-wide initiative led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Policy.
In 2015, SLRD residents returned more than 700 kilograms of expired or unused medication to community pharmacies for safe disposal. This is a 165% increase over 2009, in the early days of the awareness campaign.
"There are 13 community pharmacies in Squamish-Lillooet that will accept medication returns at any time," says Geraldine Vance, CEO of the BC Pharmacy Association. "Your pharmacist is the best person to help you dispose of unwanted drugs."
To encourage the public to heed this message, the BC Pharmacy Association and Health Products Stewardship Association have produced a new video, Fish Can't Say No to Drugs.